Africa

Refugee returns gain momentum as Liberians head home from Guinea – UN

The return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes in Liberia is set to get a boost in momentum when the first convoy of returnees from Guinea arrives over the weekend, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN forces deploy across Liberian capital after rioters spark violence

United Nations forces have deployed across the capital of Liberia to restore calm after sectarian violence sparked widespread looting and destruction.

War crimes likely to have occurred in Darfur, Sudan, UN rights expert says

A United Nations human rights expert said today it was likely that numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed during the conflict that has engulfed western Sudan's Darfur region since early last year.

Annan asks traditional leaders to back UN efforts to restore calm in Liberia

Reacting to an upsurge of violence and disturbances in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the local authorities to lend their support to United Nations efforts to restore calm.

Sudan: UN refugee advocate Angelina Jolie calls for more security for displaced

Just back from a visit to Darfur, Sudan, Angelina Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, yesterday said she found conditions too dangerous for the region's vast population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their home villages.

Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for reparations

After the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone, the government should pay reparations to amputees and other wounded victims, those who were sexually violated, and the widows and children who suffered deprivation, displacement, or worse between 1991 and 2002, a United Nations-endorsed report on the war says.

Blaming rebels, UN envoy to Sudan warns that security remains elusive in Darfur

Just ahead of a visit to New York to report to the Security Council on the Darfur conflict in Sudan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today warned that the situation in the strife-torn region has not improved much during the past month.

Relief supplies distributed to Ugandan camp struck by powerful storm - UN

Tarps and other supplies are being distributed today at a camp for war-displaced people in northern Uganda where last weekend a powerful storm ripped roofs off shelters and washed away food rations, according to the United Nations relief coordination office.

UN mission in Western Sahara extended through April 2005

The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara through 30 April 2005, and asking Secretary-General Kofi Annan to report further on the possibility of reducing the size of the operation.

Security Council hails extension of UN mission in Central African Republic

The Security Council today called on the international community to help Central African Republic (CAR) prepare for its November constitutional referendum and January elections, and it welcomed Secretary-General Kofi Annan's intention to renew the mandate of the United Nations peace-building office there.